By Chelsea Reed
The cold weather outside may be frightful, but your skin can still be delightful. Beat the skin winter blues with a few tweaks in your skincare routine. Then your skin can glow from the inside out in time for the holidays!
Mind the Exposed Areas
Take special care of your lips, cheeks and hands in the cold! They’re the parts of your skin that take on the full brunt of Old Man Winter. While days will be the shortest this time of the year, you’ll still deal with those pesky UV rays from the sun. UV intensity increases when it reflects off the snow. That’s why it’s important to choose a high quality lip product with UV protection.
Change Your Shower Routine
Yes, it’s tempting to step into a piping hot shower after a brisk day of snow play. But super hot showers melt off your skin’s natural oil barrier and dehydrate your skin cells. Go for warm bath water temperature instead. When you’re done, towel dry and moisturize your skin all over within three minutes after the shower. That locks in the water moisture. Opt for creams and body butters over lotions in the wintertime for more effective hydration.
By the way, it’s worth it to exfoliate your skin on once or twice a week when you shower. Yes, you read that right - exfoliate in the wintertime! That’s because your skin absorbs more moisturizers when the exfoliation brushes away the dead skin. There’s no need to rub too hard when exfoliating. A gentle sweeping motion when you apply the product is effective alone.
Take Time to Pamper Yourself
Your winter skin will need all the help it can get to look and feel your holiday best. Facial masks are the perfect beauty tool! All it takes is 5-15 minutes each week (or more frequently, if your skin gets super dry and flaky). This is a great tip if your cheeks get irritated easily from the cold air. Facial masks are perfect for restoring moisture and drawing out inflammation.
Ready to rock around the Christmas tree and get your glow on? Try these tips to feel merry and bright about your skin. High quality natural products make skin go from looking so-so to awesome from the inside out!